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Strictly enforce gun ban, mayor asks PRO-9 chief PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 12 February 2012 16:46

Mayor Celso Lobregat has asked mewly-assumed Police Regional Director Chief Supt. Nathaniel Estilles to help in the strict enforcement of the gun ban in a bid to thwart all forms of criminality in Zamboanga City and other parts of the region.

Mayor Lobregat said this during Estilles’ courtesy call in City Hall Friday morning, a week after Estilles was installed into office January 30.

In an interview after the courtesy visit, Estilles said there are guidelines that Mayor Lobregat want implemented specifically on the proliferation of illegal firearms, drug abuse and the spate of killings.

“We have to come out with plans together with (City Police OIC Director) Sr. Supt. De Ocampo and then we will also involve other agencies”, the PRO-9 chief said adding “we want to implement a comprehensive and effective plan and that is what we will implement”.

Lobregat furnished PCSupt. Estilles a copy of the joint guidelines on the implementation of the firearms and explosives ban in the city—a document that was signed and agreed upon by concerned agencies including officials from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The initiative was coined in 2004 at the start of the Lobregat administration.

Estilles said he will review the guidelines afterwhich a comprehensive plan will be formulated and implemented.

On the other hand, the new PRO-9 chief clarified that Sr. Supt. De Ocampo will stay as the City Police OIC director pending the designation of a new official.
The PRO-9 as well as the Office of the Mayor have yet to receive the list of recommendees for the position of City Police Director.

It is routine in the PNP that an official who has occupied the position for a period of two years will be transferred or reassigned to another post.

Meanwhile, during the courtesy call, Mayor Lobregat also turned over to Chief Supt. Estilles computer units and a vehicle for the use of the local police. — Sheila Covarrubias

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